We've been looking at this list by Ella Speers, the 5 Keys to Contentment in a search to find true contentment in life.


Today we're looking at: 

Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.

What is there to say about this statement?  We are all guilty of looking back in our lives and wishing

We'd had been born in a different era

In a different city, state or country


Wish we had made different choices


Wish we had said something differently


Wish we had reacted better


Wish someone else had reacted better toward us


Wish that our husbands were more like what we've envisioned they should be


Wish that our children were more calm and compliant


Oh - we have so many wishes in life, and if granted a handful of wishes we would quickly change so many things!


And yet, what if we would accept the past for what it is - the past, learn from it, take those lessons and pass them on to others, and then make a testimony out of them?  


Contentment is such a hard thing to cultivate, isn't it?  And I am no better than the next person.  So many times this week I wished that this pregnancy was over with, that I didn't have this back pain, that I could sleep better...that I had more energy to give to my family.  But, these are things that I cannot change right now.  And I know it will pass. So today I am going to accept what I have been given for right now, not wish anything would be different.


I challenge myself t choose  to be content


And to not allow, not permit myself to wish my present circumstance were different than it is.


To change what I can  and accept what I cannot.


I want to be content!


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